Monday, August 25, 2014

Finding Community In Recovery

This is the Fit To Recover Women's Group that meets every Thursday evening. A great group of women who are all strong in recovery and offer great support for one another. 

This is the Fit To Recover Bootcamp that is held every Saturday morning. 

These past few months of summer, I have really reached outside of my comfort zone. I am a very reserved person and I don't normally go to social activities alone, but I felt like I needed to find a sense of community within my recovery. I think that being a part of the recovery community in SLC has drastically changed my recovery for the better. When I felt all alone in my recovery the first few months after I got out of treatment, I almost like an outcast of society. I had lost a lot of friends during the intense times of my addiction and didn't really have a solid group of friends in SLC. I really questioned how long I could stay in recovery without any support besides my weekly therapy visits. Now, I go to at least 2 groups per week, visit my therapist, and volunteer at the treatment center I went through. This has given me a sense of belonging. I don't feel like I am trying to do this all on my own anymore, I am doing it with an incredible group of human beings. People in recovery are my favorite people. You don't have to worry about cliques, fake people, judgmental people, etc. There's no right or wrong way in recovery. I love being able to feel authentic and vulnerable and feel the support from others who are going through the same thing. Being in recovery has made me a better person in so many aspects of my life. I find myself feeling so much gratitude each day to be able to be a stronger and better person. If I didn't have an addiction, I wouldn't have this time of my life where I can really reach inside and strengthen my weaknesses and offer the world a stronger, more compassionate, courageous, and overall better human being than I ever believed was possible. 

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